I am going to read the best selling novel of each year of the twentieth century, as determined by the US market. That’s going to be 100 books, spanning 100 years.
I’m interested in seeing what audiences determined was worth buying and seeing how the themes, attitudes and values that are expressed by this has changed over time.
To do this, I will be making a note of the key themes and attitudes that are presented in each text, the genre of the novel itself and the gender of the author (to see whether that had any impact on sales).
This explanation is probably a bit mangled, but nonetheless, It’ll be interesting to see where this takes me! Wish me luck!